Release Date: 09 January 2019
Smokers looking to kick cigarettes to the kerb and give up their deadly habits this New Year are urged to take advantage of the free, local services available to help them.
There are an estimated 17,000 smoking adults in Richmond, which is around 12% of the borough. In 2017/18, 262 people gave up smoking thanks to Richmond Council’s stop smoking service. This year, we want to increase the number of people who make the decision to permanently quit!
We provide a free Stop Smoking service, which includes confidential face-to-face advice and support from specialist advisers, as well as free stop smoking materials and medication such as Nicotine Replacement Therapy.
Richmond’s smokers can also call a telephone support service to get expert advice on how they can quit for good. The pan-London service offers smokers, who are unable to commit to the four to eight-week, face-to-face council programme with a telephone service.
When Richmond smokers call the free number to access the stop smoking information they will be offered a series of individual regular phone calls from a specialist adviser.
Cllr Piers Allen, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Public Health, said:
“From one-to-one support and drop-in sessions, to nicotine replacement therapy and e-cigarettes, the Council's Stop Smoking service has lots of ways to help you quit smoking.
“New Year is the perfect time to start afresh by saying goodbye to unwanted habits. And, we know that more than half of smokers try to kick the habit at the start of the year using will power alone. Quitting smoking is a lot easier with the right support, and with the help of our service – you can say goodbye to smoking and hello to a healthier you!”
To access the new pan-London service you can ring the helpline on 0300 132 1044 between 9am and 8pm Mon-Fri and 11am and 4pm Sat-Sun and speak to a trained adviser.
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Updated: 21 January 2019